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. we are endlessly reminded that everything must be on the table, including defense, which accounts for about 20% -- as you probably know -- of the budget. but defense doesn't really seem to be on the table in terms of widely-discussed solutions or strategies. instead, we confront sequestration, a thoroughly bad idea for getting a defense budget or any other budget. unless we take action, we could face a fiscal or economic crisis that forces cuts to our military priorities, steep and arbitrary cuts that are neither coherent, nor prioritized. the question is, can we and how do we achieve savings that can improve our fiscal outlook while meeting our national security needs? to quote admiral mullen again, he said the pentagon budget was basically doubled in the last decade, and in doubling we have lost the ability to prioritize. to make hard decisions, to do tough analyses, to make trades. we also need a review of our defense strategy that makes sure that we are preparing for the threats and risks of the 21st century, not those of the past. the foundation has funded two efforts along t
, including defense, which accounts for 20% of the budget. but defense is not really seem to be on the table. in terms of widely discussed solutions or strategies. instead, we confront sequestration, a thoroughly bad idea for getting your defense budget or any other budget -- unless we take action, we could face a fiscal crisis that forces cuts to our military priorities, at deep and arbitrary cuts that are not coherent nor prioritized. the question is, can we, and how do we achieve savings? to improve our fiscal outlook will meeting and national security needs. to " admiral mullen again, he said that the pentagon budget was basically double in the last decade. in a doubling we have lost the ability to prioritize, to make hard decisions, to do tough analysis, to make trades. we also need a review of our defense strategy that makes it sure that we are preparing for the threats and risks of the 21st century, not those of the past. the foundation has funded two efforts along these lines to help advance the best ideas for improving our defense strategy. earlier this year, we find it a project by
defense cuts. in fact, both sides have gone out of their way to say they shouldn't happen. but if there's no deal, they may happen anyway. in today's "deep dive" how the sequester could impact our military, our economy, and our safety. the budget control act calls for about a trillion dollars in automatic cuts to begin in january if laes no deal. half would come from domestic spending. we'll dig deeper into that. today spes cifically about the half that comes from security and defense. the cuts on that side amount to $492 billion over the next ten years but they aren't across the board. the president has promised to exempt military personnel and veterans affairs. let me start this here. here is the $492. that, by the way, this $492 billion is on top of another $450 billion cuts the d.o.d. was planning to make to cut waste and trim unnecessary programs. it's prompted mrenting of hand wringing on both sides. >> we can't afford another $500 billion in cuts in our defense budget on top of the $500 billion in cuts that the president is already making. >> the sequester destroys the united sta
take up two major same-sex marriage cases. the first is the defense of marriage act. the 1996 law denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. the second is california's proposition 8 that makes same-sex marriage illegal in the state. a decision on these cases is expected next year. >>> in sports news, it's heisman time. the coveted trophy will be presented tonight in new york to the nation's best college football player. one of the finalists, texas a&m quarterback, johnny manziel, is a freshman. no first-year player has ever won the award. the other finalists are kansas state quarterback collin klein and notre dame linebacker manti te'o. i'll see you back here at the top of the hour. "your bottom line" starts right now. >> thanks, randi. see you at top of the hour. going over the fiscal cliff doesn't mean your taxes go up, it means programs and services that touch virtually every aspect of american life are downsized. good morning, everyone. i'm kristine romans. america can't afford itself. a long-term debt and deficit problems, and these are the folks who have to
. they concerned what could happen to him. the president and defense secretary issued condolences when they heard of the death of the seal member. >> they knew they were putting their lives on the line to free a fellow american from the enemy's grip and put the safe of another enemy ahead of their own as they always do. >>shepard: explosive but unconfirmed allegations from snowed syria today. the activists are saying the assad regime has already used some of the chemical weapons. that is according to the reporting of the arab news site. the state department spokeswoman cannot confirm it. syrian activists posted video on the interpret claiming to show destruction caused by the chemical weapons. we cannot confirm that. over the weekend the regime told the u.n. it would not use those weapons on civilians. officials say syria is suspected of having the third largest stockpile of chemical weapons after the united states and russia. the situation is just one topic being discussed by world leaders and a meeting of the foreign ministers, 40,000 men and women and children have recorded killed in syria dur
. joining us now, manhattan institute's senior fllow, the president of the national right to work defense foundaton. welcome to yu both. let me begin with you. twenty-four states now right to work. the governor, the outgoing governor f new hampshire not vetoing. that would have been 2. that is an impressive, if you will, said of progress to markair. isn't it? >> that's right. this is exciting. with indiana's passage of the 23rd right to work on february 1st in michigan passe, it has been a good year, and it's important to battle. your description of it was spot on this is about ending compulsory dues payments to union officials. that's it. lou: and listening to the president yesterday, your thought there were trying to tear down collective bargaining to end the right to organize a union. i mean, the hyperbolic language was extraordinary. >> considering that the union movement, $400 million to help them get elected, what would you expect? it's the same thing we saw in wisconsin. actually -- and this has played out in the media. lou: you asked me aquestion. i'm going to answer it. what woul
reportedly hurt or killed up to 20 more people but we cannot independently confirm. jennifer, the defense secretary panetta said syria may have backed off the use of chemical weapons, is that our understanding? >>reporter: remember, the pentagon never acknowledged the intelligence report that the components for sarin gas was mixed. officials spoke on background of the intelligence suggesting there were signs it was being ready for use but they would not give specifics about which seen base they had indicated was making the alleged preparations. today the defense secretary panetta on the way to middle east, backtracked. >> at this point the intelligence has leveled off. we have not seen anything new indicating any aggressive steps to move forward in that way. but we continue to monitor it closely. >>reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton was supposed to be in morocco for friends of syria meeting to decide the way ahead and how to support the opposition and transition away from assad. now she is under the weather and will send her deputy. >>shepard: what is the thinking at pentagon? d
is respected wherever people value political courage and the stability. he was the defense of our liberty and use enter, disabled for life, he developed a unique personal understanding of his fellow americans excluded from the mainstream. here's the problem, bob fought to ensure not only that no american would be relegated to the back, but in the case of the disabled, and no one would be prevented from boarding the bus. bob dole has been a leader on the issue of disabilities from the moment he stepped foot into the chamber. provided is unthinkable it is unthinkable that americans could not get over a curb or enter a school building or watch a debate in the chamber if they were in a wheelchair. april 14, 1969, the same day that he was injured, in the hills of italy, 24 years ago, bob dole has been a leader on behalf of people with disabilities. bills like the rehabilitation act of 1973 and the individuals with disabilities education act, the developmental disabilities act and the americans with disabilities act. he was responsible for including people with disabilities in the telecommunica
and social security. with so much off the table, what is left on the table? just as low to trim defense. running out of options senator bloomenthal with me now. limiting the pie? >> not at all, neil. there's significant cuts to be made in health care costs. for example, $500 billion or more in healthcare cuts. that's only 4% of the 12 trillion to spend over the next decade. cutting unnecessary waste -- neil: not medicare or medicare, but out of something else? >> they woud reduce the costs of medicaid aeromedicare in sensible waysthat affect the couny. everybody knows health care costs are spiraling out of control. some examples, right now, medicare does not negotiate the prices of pharmaceutical drugs. the veterans' administration does, why not medicare? cut the hospital of required diseases requiring health care costs in that way. the affordable care act not only envisions and requires in certain ways cuts in the cost of health care spending -- neil: suspect hat the same as republicans saying don't raise rates. you don't like when republicans do it, you don't like when they say leave
for right now in these talks. >> bret: ed henry, let's go down on the subject of defense cuts. doug mckelway has some of the specifics. they involve big numbers. >> for the first time since the passage of the budget control act of 2011, the pentagon today announced off camera briefing it's begun preparing for sequest race, and the harm it would do to national security. >> the white house said the mood should not be read as change in commitment to reach an agreement. >> this is act in response. that were is in stark contrast to the defense contractors in october. midst of the presidential campaign to hold off on issuing a 60-day notice of potential layoffs to workers required by law. >> for to us have gone this long a period of time, without making any preparations for it, i think is a gross disservice to the american people. >> for months the pentagon officials have been speaking descriptively about the impact of the cuts. >> face the prospect of budget sequestration. that would be devastating to national security. >> more detailed look comes from the economiststein fuller at george ma
. syria apparently mixing chemical weapons. the foundation for defense of democracy joins us here in moments. the unemployment rate drops. so did the number of workers in the labour force. we will be taakingbout this economy and what washington is trying to do to it and us next trying to do to it and us next with peter wallace and. you know how painful heartburn can be. for fast, long lasting relief, use doctor recommended gaviscon®. only gaviscon® forms a protective barrier that helps block stomach acid from splashing up- relieving the pain quickly. try fast, long lasting gaviscon®. ♪ [ engine revs ] ♪ [ male announcer ] oh what fun it is to ride. get the mercedes-benz on your wish list at the winter event going on now through december 31st. [ santa ] ho, ho, ho! [ male announcer ] lease a 2013 e350 for $579 a month at your local mercedes-benz dealer. you know, from our 4,000 television commercials. yep, there i am with flo. hoo-hoo! watch it! [chuckles] anyhoo, 3 million people switched to me last year, saving an average of $475. yeah, i'm kind of a big deal. [sigh] it fe
? >> defense stocks, defense index hit an historic high and with all the talk of skwegsration and certainly on defense spending you would think they would be down. another sign that the markets are optimistic things will work out. airlines were up today. very positive comments on capacity and business coming back after sandy, so there's two groups that held up and, of course, apple up as well. >> interesting to see the defense stocks act that way, bob, even though we're expecting layoffs in the sector. >> yeah. this is what's remarkable to me. overall you would think orders, like future orders, which is what defense spending -- defense stocks trade on would be noticeable to the downside and there's ate lot of worry. not underperforming the market. since the beginning of the deekz december, they have been outperforming. >> go ahead, debra. >> been at the tax rates before and it wasn't like nobody jumped out of market. stocks did outperform at market. >> but that was a very different time, wasn't it? we were on the east internet. you had dotcoms soaring and money moving into technology right
going to participate in upcoming defense talks with chinese? and what message do you want to tell them? thank you. >> well, thank you for that question. of course the issues that are being placed today in a south china sea and other areas in the north and central, east asia, i think are quite complicated because of the nature of the territorial disputes, some of them historic, some of them now driven by the need for access to resources in those areas, and that's i think to some degree has motivated some of the activities that you see, seeing there. the u.s. position as you know is that we don't take sides on territorial disputes. there's many of those around the globe, not just in the south china sea. but we do want them resolve peacefully, without coercion. and that we call on all the parties there, including the chinese, to ensure that as they approach these problems that they do so in a way that avoids conflict, that avoids miscalculation, that uses the vehicles available today through diplomacy and through those legal forums that allow them to get to reasonable solutions on these w
. the justices will also review a provision of the federal "defense of marriage act" or doma that deprives legally married gay couples of federal benefits that are available to heterosexual couples. same-sex marriage is legal or will be soon in nine states and the district of columbia. but 31 states have amended their constitutions to bar gay unions. here with us to explain today's development, and where it could lead, is marcia coyle of "the national law journal." welcome back, marcia. >> thanks, marg wet. >> warner: so is it fair to say first of all that the court's decision to hear these first two cases in itself a momentous decision? >> absolutely. a number of gay rights organizations, particularly as if relates to the federal defense of marriage act have been working towards that point. and yes, whatever the court says, if it reaches the merits of these cases will be extremely important. >> warner: let's take them one by one, prop 8 in california first. remind us briefly of how what started out as a state issue ended am in the supreme court. >> the california supreme court a number of
the neighbors think about it. >> in an interview with erin burnett, defense secretary leon panetta wasn't about to say this three-stage rocket launch was a success for jim jong-un. >> we still have to assess what happened here. most importantly, the final stage to determine really whether or not that did work effectively or whether it tumbled into space. >> but north korea did succeed in putting what u.s. officials describe as a rudimentary satellite into space. the u.s. is trying to determine if north korea is able to control the satellite. and while it's all the same technology that could one day result in a north korea missile being able to hit the u.s., experts say, don't panic yet. >> it has to demonstrate that it cannot just get something up to space but bring it back down. that requires a reentry vehicle. >> the u.s. believes iran may be one country that helps fix its technical problems. north korea calls it, quote, baseless. the u.s. maintains a small number of its own defensive missiles in both alaska and california that would be capable theoretically of shooting down the north korea m
she suffered. the foundation for defense of democracy is held this discussion. it is about an hour. >> good morning, it is a very interesting panel so i want to get quickly into questions. i want to quickly set the stage -- i don't need to tell anyone in this room about the death of the problem of human rights abuses in iran. i would just read briefly from the report that the u.n. special wrote and file to the u.n. general assembly in september of 2011 when there was a pattern of systemic violations of human rights. iran has refused access to the united nations special representative on human rights. in september, 2011, the un secretary-general submitted a report to the general assembly in which he said he was "deeply troubled by reports of increased numbers of executions, amputations, arbitrary arrests and detentions, unfair trials, torture, and ill treatment and bemoaned the crackdown on human rights activists, lawyers, journalists, and opposite -- and opposition activists." one example from the week's news -- there was what qualifies in iran as a some good news -- a well-known h
need to do the defense authorization bill. we have to do something on spending. i hope the republicans move, so we can get that done. we are going to work on this community banking thing. that covers most everything. i may have missed a thing or two, but that is generally. christmas is two weeks from today. >> [indiscernible] >> i am sorry. what is that? >> the republican support on the -- >> they said what? >> [indiscernible] >> you know, this is -- everyone, listen to this. we suddenly have republican votes on internet poker. two weeks before christmas, without being vulgar, what the hell? that was too vulgar. >> for people watching this common [indiscernible] in the time we have left, in terms of getting something done? >> we can do things very quickly. but this is not something we can do easily, at least as far as bill-drafting goes. until we hear something from the republicans, there is nothing to draft. we can get things done quickly. i think it is going to be extremely difficult to get it done before christmas, but it could be done. there are things we have to do before the end
we need to make the defense cuts. we want to minimize human services cuts. the best way to do that is go back to clinton era taxes. i actually have mixed feelings about striking a deal where the rich folks pay more taxes. i think they should pay more taxes, but i actually think going off clithe cliff is a bet solution than just charging people who make a lot of money what they were paying when bill clinton was president. >> the clinton tax rates worked well, and when you look at where we really are today, although the democrats are playing really tough on these top tax rates, they have conceded about 75% of the tax debate to republicans by agreeing with them on all of the otherç rates. >> that is true, aalthough there is a matter of timing. you know, i think part of what you have to look at here is it's really hrepublicans who force this conversation about having deficit reduction right now. we shouldn't have deficit reduction right now. we should focus on jobs and employment and continued stimulus for the economy, which i was really happy about the president at least had so
today. >> important social issues. >> the defense of marriage act. >> on the table for the supreme court. >> will the court be ahead of where the public is? >> what a question. what a story. >> good evening. i'm alex wagner in for lawrence o'donnell. will the republicans be able to face reality before we go over the fiscal curb? with just 24 days to go, it fell to chris wallace to try to get through to the fox news crowd. >> one side is going to have to give, you know. any bet on which side it's likely to be? >> on that issue, i think that the republicans are going to have to give. i mean, it was key issue in the election. it's unsustainable for boehner and the republicans to be in a position where they are blocking a tax cut for 98% of americans because they want to protect the tax rates of the top 2%. that may be right or wrong on its merits. but politically, it seems pretty clear. and you see more and more conservatives and republican office holders who are caving on that. >> later that morning, house speaker john boehner updated reporters on the negotiations with president obama. >>
's been damaged by people -- by all of these hits she's had to endure without having the full defense that you would have if you were a nominee? plus, the fact that this would open a whole benghazi investigation. >> as you know, andrea, there is a commission that's reporting soon to the secretary of state on benghazi, but, as you know, once a nominee is named, you basically go into a very silent period, so if either ambassador rice or senator kerry were nominated, they would have to go into a very quiet period, and until the actual hearing took place, which probably wouldn't take place in january anyway, there would be no comment, no visibility by either one of them. i don't think that's so much of an issue because neither one of them would be out there doing some defense of themselves or some arguments against them. it would allow the chattering class to let loose once either one of them is nominated with the pluses and minuses of either one of them, but as far as their own individual involvement, they wouldn't be able to be visible to the actual hearing anyways. >> and speaking of t
the brotherhood. syria apparently mixing chemical weapons. the foundation for defense of democracy joins us here in moments. the unemployment rate drops. so did the number of workers in the labour force. we will be taaking about this economy and what washington is trying to do to it and us next with peter wallace and. ♪ the catal one cash rewards card gives you 1% cash back on all purches, plus a 50% annl bonus. and everyone likes 50% more... [ midwestern/chicago accent ] cheddar! yeah! 50 percent more [yodeling] yodel-ay-ee-oo. 50% more fla. [ southern accent ] 50 percent more tars. that's where tots come from. [ male announcer ] the capital one cash rewards card gives you 1% cash back on every purchase plus a 50% aual bonus on the cash yoearn. it's the card for people who like more cash. 50% more spy stuff. what's in your wallet? this car is too small. ♪ lou: house speaker boehner says the president is slow walking our economy to the fiscal cliff. former reagan white house counsel, financial crisis inquiry commission member peter wallace will join me here in just moments. let's take a look
it and in addition, to the federal defense of marriage act. two different things. that act restricts federal benefits gay couples can get by defining marriage as something that exists between a man and a woman. 38 states have laws or amendments that outlaw gay marriage. north carolina the most recent state to prohibit it it but nine states, and the district of columbia have already legalized gay marriage or in the process of doing so now. this has been one of the most charged social issues in the marriage. polls indicate people support gay marriage. now we know within a matter of months the supreme court could help settle it once and for all. molly henneberg on fox top story live for us in washington this evening. molly, explain more cases about the justices are going to hear. >> the supreme court had seven same sex marriage cases in front of it and selected these two. windsor vs. the u.s. is the defense of marriage case or dome that case. specifically looking at part of the law that gives federal benefits such as tax breaks to heterosexual married couples, not to same-sex married couples. is that eq
the brotherhood. syria apparently mixing chemcal weapons. the foundation for defense of democracy joins us here in monts. the unemployment rate drops. so did the number of workers in the labour force. we will be taaking about this economyand what washington is trying to do to it and us next with peterwallace and. i'm dominique dawes and there parents can give their kids -- making sure they get active at least 60 minutes each day. studies sh that physical activity not only helps kids stay heahy, it can enhance impoant skills, like concentration and problem solving, which can improve academic performance. this means physical activity can help your kids in the most important game of all -- life ♪ lou: house speaker boehner says the president is slow walking our economy to the fiscal cliff. former reagan white house counsel, financial crisis inquiry commission member peter wallace will join me here in just moments. let's take a look at tonight's "moneyline." the dow and s&p managing gains. the nasdaq weighed down by another bad day for apple and its investors. the dow up 81 points. s&p up four, t
revolting against the brotherhood. syria apparently mixing chemical weapons. the foundation for defense of democry joins us he in moments. the unemploymt rate drops. so did the number of worers in the labour force. we will be taaking abouthis economy and what washington is trying to do to it and us next trying to do to it and us next with peter wallace and. can i help you? i heard you guys can ship ound for less than the ups store. thas right. i'vlearned the only way to get a holay deal is to camp out. you know we've been open all night. ithis a trick to get spot? [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. save on ground shipping at fedexffice. you know how painful heartburn can be. for fast, long lasting relief, use doctor recommended gaviscon®. only gaviscon® forms a protective barrier that helps block stomach acid from splashing up- relieving the pain quickly. try fast, long lasting gaviscon®. ♪ [ male announcer ] they are a glowing example of what it means to be the best. and at this special time of year, they shine even brighter. come to the winter event and get the me
help in? we take itll up with he foundation for defense of democracy here next. stay with us. ♪ lou: breaking news. u.s. officials confirmed that the egyptian authorities have detained a man who has been described variously as, perhaps, an alleged ringleader of an egyptian terrorist network linked to the september 1th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. the united states ambassador and three other americans were killed. also tonight, egyptian president urging national dialogue still, but moving forward with his referendum on an islamist back to constitution. the new york times bureau chief in cairo, david kirkpatrick insting th the muslim brotherhood s not, and i do ," not violent by nature and have come over the last couple of decades, you off me and mor into a moderate conservative but religious moderate regular old political frce. well, joining us now is jonathan chancellor, former counter-terrorism analyst, current vice president of research for the foundation for defense of democracy, and it is good to have you with us. your eaction to kirkpatrick's descriptio. >> let me
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strong and free. defense secretary leon panetta also said in a statement, i was deeply saddened to learn a u.s. service member was killed in the operation. i want to extend my condolences to his family, teammates and friends. to had fallen hero and our special operators americans seed highest ideals of citizenship and service and the torch of freedom burns brighter because of them. bill: reminder again of the great sacrifice from so many. steve centanni, thank you. martha. >> reporter: you bet. martha: also in the fight against terror a big blow to al qaeda, its second-in-command killed in a drone strike. pakistani intelligence officials say abu saiid kuwaiti was killed. and he was presented as a religious scholar for the group. he was promoted second-in-command earlier this year. >>> back to the economy now, china apparently going on an american spending spree. a chinese company agreed to buy a big chunk of insurance giant aig for more than $4 billion after the company got a huge bailout during the u.s. financial crisis. that is not the only bargain that china is picking up from u.s. ta
at will. we don't have a missile defense system that is reliable that can stop this. jon: you really think that would be in the cards, that they would make that kind of threat? >> they would make the threat, i don't think they'd actually try to carry it out. at this point they have an unstable regime, a lot of moving parts at the top of the north korean system, you don't know if they have the policy coherence to do the rational things and that's really the big concern with north korea. jon: what does china get out of continuing to support them? >> they get to bee devil us. every time there is a problem with north korea we go to beijing and ask them for help and they extract concessions from us. for a decade we have placed more importance on integrating china into the international system than stopping north korea. we always go to bay sing to look for help. we have spent the only currency that matters now and that is time. jon: it's been a wrong-headed approach would be your argument, or so it sounds. >> yeah, it hasn't worked, right now i think we have to start looking to ourselves for our
on same-sex marriage. hearing cases on the defense of marriage act and california's proposition 8. much more on that in a moment, and the busy week ends with some good news for america's workers and the president. a little christmas cheer some early. the u.s. economy generating a stronger than expected 146,000 new jobs in november helping trim the jobless rate to 7.7%. a four-year low. happy holidays, right? not if you're john boehner. >> this isn't a progress report because there is no progress to report. the president has adopted a deliberate strategy to slow walk our economy right to the edge of the fiscal cliff. >> yes, indeed, it's like a visit from the ghost of christmas past, casual friday edition. another positive month of jobs numbers, another glum assessment by bah humbug boehner. he couldn't even be bothered to put on a holiday tie to take up the case of mr. scrooge and the top 2%. as nancy pelosi asked, why, oh, why is congress on another recess when they could be extending tax breaks for the middle class just in time for christmas? >> this is a moment of truth, the clock is
possibly breaking from once intransigent positions, including that on defense spending. politico writes today, some republicans okay with defense cuts. south carolina congressman told them if we don't take defense spending seriously, it undermines our credibility on other spending issues. last week, michigan congressman justin amash said this at an event. >> i think they are willing to raise taxes to avoid any defense cuts, and i think they are willing to take really bad deals to avoid any defense cuts, even a few dollars. a party that's not even willing to look and say, can we reduce defense spending to george w. bush levels, that's a frightening scenario. >> meanwhile, even more goppers are breaking ranks on taxes, saying they would allow tax cuts on the wealthy to expire. joining us now to make sense of all this, the house democratic whip, congressman steny hoyer of maryland. congressman, thanks so much for joining us. >> alex, that's a tall order to make sense of what we're doing. >> we're looking to you like a lighthouse in the darkness. congressman hoyer, let's talk about -- we ta
the future of gay marriage throughout the entire united states. at issue is the federal government defense of marriage act that defines marriage as only the union between a man and woman and california's proposition 8 which banned gay marriage was overturned by an appeals court. cnn's crime and justice correspondent joe johns has been following both cases for us. joe, explain the impact of today's decision. >> well, it is big impact. as you know, this is one of those cases that people talk about over the water cooler. let's start with proposition 8. very simple, wolf, it is the california ballot initiative passed in 2008 by the people of the state of california that established marriage as between a man and a woman. it overturned a court case that said same sex couples have the right to marry. windsor is the other case you were talking about, it is an attack on defense of marriage act which was passed in 1996 by the congress, signed by the president. it's called windsor against the united states. it is about a woman named edith windsor who had a long time relationship with her partner, and
on the defense authorization bill. in the process, mccain gave credence to filibuster reform. his comments step all over mitch mcconnell's claim. it's not an effort to marginalize the minority party. with 386 filibusters from republicans, these rule changes are simply a way to make the senate work again. that's what you pay them for. let's turn now to senator debbie stabenow of michigan. there's been a lot of conversation in the liberal community in this country about this. and democrats seem to be chomping at the bit. is this going to happen? are we going to see change? >> yes, i believe that we are going to see change. we have the support to make the changes and i think it's clear the public wants us to get something done. of course, we're going to work across a shouldn't be able to hold up the department of defense bill or in the case of my bringing jobs home act, which is so important for shipping jobs overseas, we had 57 votes but we couldn't get 60 to stop a filibuster and they didn't have to stand on the floor and talk so nobody knew who it was from block us to closing loopholes to bring
for 30 years. not any weapon is appropriate for self defense in the home. all the supreme court said is that you have a right to have a handgun in your home for self defense. they didn't say you have a right to have any kind of gun like an assault weapon and didn't say you have any right to take that gun out on to the public street and carry it with you. there are still a lot of questions to be answered by the supreme court on the scope of the second alternate. at least today as we understand it it does not ban from limiting magazines. >> background searches, limiting sale of semiautomatics and restrictions on hidden carry you don't think would be barred by the constitution. >> i don't think any of those restrictions are likely to be struck down by the supreme court. may be the biggest is the right to carry concealed weapons on the street. the supreme court said the right to bear arms is the right to carry arms but didn't make conditions. it's important to me the supreme court will say the government can require a license for anyone who wants to carry a gun on the street. >> license
on the diagnosis -- the docket on the defense of marriage act and a portion only recognizes marriage as between a man and a woman and has been challenged dozens of times. they agreed to take up a case dealing with defense of marriage act. two different cases but both going to the same issues. they are different on technical and legal points but the bottom line is the same and the court has told us it will hear two gay marriage cases and we expect the earliest to get on the calendar is march of 2013 so that means we will have a decision like we did with the president's health care law in late june next year. >>shepard: has the supreme court or members given any indication of where they are these days on these matters? >>shannon: when they grant the cases all we know there were four votes behind closed doors from the nine justices and it takes four votes to get the cases on the docket so there are that many who are interested. we thought they might take either of the defense of marriage act or proposition 8 but because they involve differences in the legal issues involved, it looks like they want
to federal and state laws. one case involves the federal defense of marriage act, which denies federal benefits to same sex couples legally married in their own state. the other is a challenge to california's prop 8, which took away the right of same sex marriage that had been previously approved by state courts. >>> florida governor charlie crist completed his political transformation. crist was elected governor as a republican in 2006, then later ran for the senate as an independent. he campaigned for president obama, and spoke at the democratic national convention. he's now officially a democrat and is widely expected to run for governor again in 2014. >>> south africa's beloved nelson mandela is getting tests in a hospital. the country's president says no cause for alarm there. he says the 94-year-old mandela is getting tests consistent with his age. the nobel laureate became his nation's first black president. >>> the fbi wants to talk to a man in custody in egypt. he's a well known islamic extremist. that's why egypt wanted him taken down. but american terrorist watchers think he
in a statement sunday about petty officer check. he gave his life for his fellow americans. defense secretary leon panetta added they put the safety of another american ahead of their own. the family of dr. joseph issued a statement tonight extenting their condolences to the family of navy seal petty officer nicolas check. they said they could not be more grateful for his sacrifice. bret? >> bret: jennifer griffin at the pentagon. thank you. still ahead. getting hot under the collar over solar industry profits. first, assume the republicans and the democrats strike a fiscal cliff deal. what happens then? many of my patients still clean their dentures with toothpaste. but they have to use special care in keeping the denture clean. dentures are very different to real teeth. they're about 10 times softer and may have surface pores where bacteria can multiply. polident is designed to clean dentures daily. its unique micro-clean formula kills 99.9% of odor causing bacteria and helps dissolve stains, cleaning in a better way than brushing with toothpaste. that's why i recommend using polident. [ ma
for self-defense. unfortunately, no one armed or otherwise was able to stop a young man with an illegal gun from fatally shooting two people and himself at a suburban portland, oregon, shopping mall tuesday. correspondent dan springer says it could have been worse. >> cell phone video shows the kay yous in a mall in -- chaos in mall in portland. they ran for lives hand held high to show police they were not a threat. >> my friend was on the ground. crawling toward the door. i heard two more shots, jumping on the ground and crawling for door. i heard someone yell get on the ground. >> they say 22-year-old roberts was armed with semi-automatic rifle he stole earlier in the day from someone he knew. witnesses say he fired between 20 and 60 shots the mall's food court, killing two people and wounding a third before turning the fun on himself. investigators say he wore a hockey mask and special load-bearing vest that allowed him to carry fully loaded magazine clips. they don't know the motive, police ruled out terrorism. >> there were no indicators that this was going to happen. and every indica
that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 6223, to amend section 1059-e. national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2006 to clarify that a period of employment abroad by the chief of mission or united states armed forces as a translator, interpreter, or an executive level security position is to be counted as a period of residence and physical presence in the united states for purposes of qualifying for naturalization if at least a portion of such period was spent in iraq or afghanistan, and for other purposes, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6223, a bill to amend section 1059-e of the national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2006, to clarify that a period of employment abroad by the chief of mission or united states armed forces as a translator, interpreter, or in an executive level security position is to be counted as a period of residence and physical presence in the united states for purposes of qualifying for naturalization if at least a portion of such period was sent in iraq or afghanistan, and for o
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